“I faced some differences in my identity as a Muslim and as a typical teenager in the United States,” said Amira Alhiyari, senior Math major at University of Missouri-St. Louis. “I learned in time to balance both — practice my Islam and not lose my identity as an American.”
Alhiyari and a half-dozen other Islamic women came to SIUE as part of the ‘Islam 101′ speaker series organized by the Middle East and Islamic Studies Initiative, with funding from the Meridian Society, and Associate Professor of Historical Studies Steve Tamari. Also speaking was Anjum Hassan who is a physician, an Assistant Professor at Washington University School of Medicine, and a member of the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis.
“This is a discussion about the concept of social justice, what it means to us as Muslims, and more importantly, the role of women in Islamic society,” said Hassan. “We are going to use the authentic sources in Islam — the Koran, which is the most important source, and the Hadith or Suna, which is the literature of the prophetic sayings and writings, to elaborate on those teachings and how we practice them as individuals.”